(Sir)Thomas goes where the books lead him in 2023 (Part 3)

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(Sir)Thomas goes where the books lead him in 2023 (Part 3)

1SirThomas
Set 8, 2023, 2:26 am

Welcome to my third thread!
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Places where I like to read.

Hi everybody, my Name is Thomas, I am 61 years young and happily married for more than 37 years.
I live in a small town in northern Baden Wuerttemberg, Germany.
Whenever I have time, I love to read.

2SirThomas
Set 8, 2023, 2:26 am

My reading performance in this group:
2013: _84 books
2014: 109 books
2015: _78 books
2016: 107 books
2017: 130 books
2018: 127 books
2019: 151 books
2021: 177 books
2022: 182 books

3SirThomas
Set 8, 2023, 2:26 am

Reading List for the first eight months:
January:
1. Kaiserstuhl by Brigitte Glaser
2. 2001 - Odyssee im Weltraum / 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
3. Odyssee 2010 - das Jahr, in dem wir Kontakt aufnehmen / 2010: Odyssey two by Arthur C. Clarce
4. 2061 Odyssee III / 2061 Odyssee three by Arthur C. Clarke
5. 3001 - die letzte Odyssee / 3001 – The final Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
6. Der Rabbi und der Kommissar: Du sollst nicht morden by Michael Bergmann
7. Tinnitus: Das Selbsthilfeprogramm bei quälenden Ohrgeräuschen by Dr. Marco Weller
8. Kindheitsroman by Gerhard Henschel
9. Dinner for One - Killer for Five by Michael Koglin
10. Winterrezepte aus dem Kollektiv / Winter recipes from the collective by Louise Glück
11. Gipfelgenuss: Meine Allgäuer Küche by Simon Schlachter
12. Wolfszeit: Deutschland und die Deutschen 1945 – 1955 by Harald Jähner
13. Totenfrau by Bernhard Aichner
14. Unter den Wolken: Meine Deutschlandreise auf die höchsten Berge aller 16 Bundesländer by Achim Bogdahn
15. Kleine Grausamkeiten / Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent
16. Das verlorene Paradies / Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah
17. Eine Frage der Chemie / Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
18. Die Klaviatur des Todes by Michael Tsokos
February
19. Mit High Heels und Handschellen / The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
20. Der Buchladen von Primrose Hill / The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin
21. Kleine Dinge wie diese / Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan
22. Fräulein Gold: Schatten und Licht by Anne Stern
23. Bücherliebe / Shelf Respect by Annie Austen
24. Der Renner / The Great Pursuit by Tom Sharpe
25. Gevatter Tod / Mort by Terry Pratchett
26. Verdächtige Geliebte / Yôgisha X no Kenshin by Keigo Higashino
27. Steampunk 1851 by Marco Ansing and Denise Mildes and Sabine Frambach and Andrea Bienek and Hendrik Lambertus and Markus Cremer and Luzia Pfyl and Fabian Dombrowski
28. Die geflohene Geschichte by Kate Kowalski
29. Die Affäre Agatha Christie / The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont
30. Echte Katzen Tragen Niemals Schleifen / The Unadulterated Cat by Terry Pratchett
31. Mord ist kein Kinderspiel / The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley
32. Guter Draht nach oben by Willibert Pauels
March
33. Der Leuchtturm an der Schwelle der Zeit The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley
34. Kummer aller Art by Mariana Leky
35. Lieblingsplätze in Hohenlohe: Orte für Herz, Leib und Seele by Ute Böttinger
36. Die tausend Verbrechen des Ming Tsu / The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu by Tom Lin
37. Orphan X / Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz
38. Aufzeichnungen eines Serienmörders / Salinja-ui gieok-beob by Young-Ha Kim
39. Ein Engel über deinem Grab / When death comes stealing by Valerie Wilson Wesley
40. Der goldene Schwarm / Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway
41. Was Demenz uns über die Liebe sagt / What Dementia Teaches Us About Love by Nicci Gerrard
42. Achtsam morden am Rande der Welt by Karsten Dusse
43. Mittelalte Männer / Straight Men by Richard Russo
44. Die letzte Jagd / La Dernière Chasse by Jean-Christophe Grangé
45. Am liebsten sitzen alle in der Küche by Julia Karnick
46. Halunken, Tod und Teufel / A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley
47. Die schwarze Frau / The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
48. Ozelot und Friesennerz by Susanne Matthiessen
49. Witz und Weisheit der Scheibenwelt / The Wit And Wisdom of Discworld by Terry Pratchett
50. Morgen, morgen und wieder morgen / Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
April
51. Alles Sense! / Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
52. Haie in Zeiten von Erlösern / Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn
53. Diner des Grauens / Gil's All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez
54. Sörensen sieht Land by Sven Stricker
55. Tod in Sils Maria by Ulrich Knellwolf
56. Diese eine Liebe wird nie zu Ende gehn by Susanne Matthiessen
57. Ausgewählte Werke - Nobelpreis für Literatur 1923 by William Butler Yeats
58. Die Erfindung der Violet Adams / All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen
59. Die sieben Schwestern / The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley
60. Fup / Fup by Jim Dodge
61. Der Messias kommt nicht by Alfred Bodenheimer
62. Wonderlands. Die fantastischen Welten von Lewis Carroll, J.K. Rowling / Literaly Wonderlands. A Journey through the greatest fictional worlds ever created by Laura Miller
63. Ein Kreuz für den Rabbi / One fine day the Rabbi bought a cross by Harry Kemelmann
64. Die Sturmschwester / The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley
65. Himmelsfluss / Heaven's River by Dennis E. Taylor
66. Angerichtet / Het Diner by Hermann Koch
67. Eine tapfere Leber hat aufgehört zu arbeiten by Dr. Christian Sprang and Dr. Matthias Nöllke
May
68. Zimmer 103 / The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
69. Die Schattenschwester / The Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley
70. Das Geheimnis der Geister von Craggyford / The Great Ghost Rescue by Eva Ibbotson
71. Suzukis Rache / Gurasuhoppa by Kōtarō Isaka
72. Der Blinde Samurai by Lukas Erler
73. Jetzt ist Sense by Hans Rath
74. Verfalldatum by Roger Strub
75. Der heutige Tag: Ein Stundenbuch der Liebe by Helga Schubert
76. G.A.S. (GAS): Die Trilogie der Stadtwerke / Sewer, Gas and Electric : The Public Works Trilogy by Matt Ruff
77. Russische Botschaften by Yassin Musharbash
78. Long Bright River / Long Bright River by Liz Moore
79. Die Perlenschwester / The Pearl Sister by Lucinda Riley
June
80. The Big Bang Theory - Der definitive Insiderbericht zur kultigen TV-Serie / The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive, Inside Story of the Epic Hit Series by Jessica Radloff
81. Rollende Steine / Soul Music by Terry Pratchett
82. Gebrauchsanweisung für Freiburg und den Schwarzwald by Jens Schäfer
83. How to kill your family / How to kill your family by Bella Mackie
84. Zeitzuflucht / Vremeubežište by Georgi Gospodinov
85. Die Guten und die Toten by Kim Koplin
86. Die Mondschwester / The Moon Sister by Lucinda Riley
87. STONE BLIND – Der Blick der Medusa / Stone Blind by Natalie Hayes
88. Die Sonnenschwester / The Sun Sister by Lucinda Riley
89. A.R.T. - Coup zwischen den Sternen by Chris Brynn
90. Die Schöne und der Tod by Bernhard Aichner
91. Elternabend by Sebastian Fitzek
92. Good Girl Bad Blood / Good Girl Bad Blood by Holly Jackson
93. Die verschwundene Schwester / The Missing Sister by Lucinda Riley
July
94. Atlas - Die Geschichte von Pa Salt / Atlas: The Story of Pa Salt by Lucinda Riley
95. Achtsam morden im Hier und Jetzt by Karsten Dusse
96. Auf Wiedersehen, Bis morgen : Gedichte by Wisława Szymborska
97. Das tiefschwarze Herz / The Ink Black Heart by Robert Galbraith
98. "Verkaufen Sie auch Bücher?": Kuriose Kundenfragen in Buchhandlungen / Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell
99. Das Elch-Paradoxon / Hirvikaava by Antti Tuomainen
100. Der rote Swimmingpool by Natalie Buchholz
101. As Good as Dead / As Good as Dead by Holly Jackson
102. Weißbier im Blut by Jörg Graser
103. Für Menschen ungeeignet / Untouched by Human Hands by Robert Sheckley
104. Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen / Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by Joanne K. Rowling
105. Harry Potter und die Kammer des Schreckens / Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by Joanne K. Rowling
106. Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Askaban / Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by Joanne K. Rowling
107. Space Ships & Other Trips by Raven Oak
108. Harry Potter und der Feuerkelch / Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by Joanne K. Rowling
109. Harry Potter und der Orden des Phönix / Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by Joanne K. Rowling
110. Harry Potter und der Halbblutprinz / Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by Joanne K. Rowling
August
111. Außerirdisch / Roadkill by Dennis E. Taylor
112. Harry Potter und die Heiligtümer des Todes / Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by Joanne K. Rowling
113. Peanuts 10: Nervensägen by Charles M. Schulz
114. Der stumme Schrei / Man'en gan'nen no futtoboruby Kenzaburo Oe
115. Zwei Fremde im Zug / Strangers on a Train Patricia Highsmith
116. Schweinsgalopp / Hogfather Terry Pratchett
117. Das Glück hat acht Arme / Remarkably Bright Creatures Shelby Van Pelt
118. Schwesterlein, komm stirb mit mir Karen Sander
119. Metro 2033 / Метро 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky
120. Waschen. Föhnen. Morden by André Gebel
121. Welches Recht gilt bei Mord im Weltraum? by Christian Solmecke
122. Ready Player Two / Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline
123. Der Mordclub von Shaftesbury – Eine Tote bleibt selten allein by Emily Winston
124. Machine of Death / Machine of Death by Ryan North
125. Five Survive / Five Survive by Holly Jackson
126. Die junge Frau und die Nacht / La Jeune Fille et la Nuit by Guillaume Musso
127. Drei fast geniale Freunde auf dem Weg zum Ende der Welt / Profeten och idioten by Jonas Jonasson
128. Der Magier der Erdsee / A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
129. Ein Dämon zuviel / Another Fine Myth by Robert Asprin

4SirThomas
Editado: Out 3, 2023, 9:27 am

Reading List for September
130. Dr. Who 11 Doktoren, 11 Geschichten / Doctor Who: 11 Doctors, 11 Stories by Neil Gaiman, Malorie Blackman, Eoin Colfer, Charlie Higson, Derek Landy, Richelle Mead, Patrick Ness, Philip Reeve, Alex Scarrow, Michael Scott, Marcus Sedgwick
131. Sind sie ein Freund von Dick Tossek? by Volker Bitzer
132. Melody by Martin Suter
133. Wer nicht hören will, muss sterben by Karen Sander
134. Das Schlangenhaupt / Darwin's Blade by Dan Simmons
135. Der Heiler / Parantaja by Antti Tuomainen
136. Sternentanz / Stardance by Jeanne Robinson and Spider Robinson
137. Das schwarze Messer by Andreas Eschbach
138. Holly / Holly by Stephen King
139. Der Geist von Maddy Clare / The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James
140. Loki - Wie man als schlechter Gott ein guter Mensch wird (oder auch nicht) / Loki: A Bad God's Guide to Being Good by Louie Stowell
141. Der nette Herr Heinlein und die Leichen im Keller by Stephan Ludwig
142. Zwei Schwalben in Paris: Und andere fabelhafte Geschichten / Contes by Stephan Ludwig
143. Treacle Walker: Der Wanderheiler / Treacle Walker by Alan Garner
144. Macht kein' Scheiss, Jungs! by Uli Stein
145. Ruhestand! by Wolfgang Kleinert
146. Gallant / Gallant by V. E. Schwab
147. Im Kopf des Mörders - Tiefe Narbe by Arno Strobel
148. Alte Freunde by Regine Frei
149. Die Seelen von London / Jonathan Dark or the Evidence of Ghosts by A. K. Benedict
150. Vier Stern Stunden by Daniel Glattauer
151. Kalt ist der Abendhauch by Ingrid Noll

5SirThomas
Editado: Out 30, 2023, 10:31 am

Reading List for October
152. Heute hier, morgen Mord by Emily Winston
153. Der Zeitdieb / Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
154. Heute hier, morgen Mord by Cordelia Borchardt Sabine Thomas
155. We Used to Be Different by Elle Mitchell
156. Der Mord des Jahrhunderts: Der Fall Guldensuppe / The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime that Scandalized a City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars by Paul Collins
157. Liebe Fanatiker: Drei Plädoyers / Tשלום לקנאים by Amos Oz
158. Die Vorhersage / The Measure by Nikki Erlick
159. Schlachthof 5: oder Der Kinderkreuzzug / Slaughterhouse-Five: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Ryan North
160. Schaurige Nächte: Unheimliche Geschichten für den Winter / The Haunting Season. Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights by Bridget Collins, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Andrew Michael Hurley, Jess Kidd, Elizabeth Macneal, Natasha Pulley, Laura Purcell
161. Die Insel der Tausend Leuchttürme by Walter Moers

6SirThomas
Editado: Nov 30, 2023, 2:32 am

Reading List for November
162. Crazy Schmidt … und der krasseste Roadtrip meines Lebens by Hans-Jürgen Feldhaus
163. Train Dreams / Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
164. Die Therapie by Sebastian Fitzek
165. Ein Mordsgeschäft: Mord, Anarchie und verdammt heiße Hosen / Mystery man by Colin Bateman
166. Alleinstehender Psychopath sucht Gleichgesinnte / Single White Psychopath Seeks Same by Jeff Strand
167. Skippy stirbt / Skippy dies by Paul Murray
168. Nägel mit Köpfen: 7 Erfindungen, die die Welt bis heute verändern / Nuts and Bolts: Seven Small Inventions That Changed the World in a Big Way by Roma Agrawal
169. Die Bäume / The Trees by Percival Everett
170. Ein ganzes Leben by Robert Seethaler
171. Das Versprechen / The Promise by Damon Galgut
172. Lost in Fuseta by Gil Ribeiro
173. July's Leute / July's People by Nadine Gordimer
174. Der Buchladen am Ende der Welt / The Bookseller at the End of the World by Ruth Shaw
175. Das große Peanuts Buch by Charles M. Schulz
176. Die Katze, die rückwärts lesen konnte / The Cat Who Could Read Backwardsby Lilian Jackson Braun

8SirThomas
Set 8, 2023, 2:27 am

A great idea from Paul Cranswick was A BOOK A YEAR FOR THE FIRST 61 YEARS OF MY LIFE
This is my updated list:
1961 Ein Mann in einer fremden Welt / Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
1962 Die Physiker / The Physicists: A Play by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
1963 Platon im Stripteaselokal / Misreadings by Umberto Eco
1964 Am Freitag schlief der Rabbi lang / Friday the Rabbi Slept Late by Harry Kemelman
1965 Der Wüstenplanet / Dune by Frank Herbert
1966 Die phantastische Reise / Fantastic Voyage by Isaac Asimov
1967 Die Vergangenheit der Zukunft (Future History) / The Past Through Tomorrow by Robert A. Heinlein
1968 2001 - Odyssee im Weltraum / 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
1969 Papillon / Papillon by Henri Charrière
1970 Und die Großen läßt man laufen / Murder at the Savoy by Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö
1971 Der Exorzist / The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
1972 Sieh doch die Harlekins / Look at the Harlequins! by Vladimir Nabokov
1973 Momo oder die seltsame Geschichte von den Zeit-Dieben und von dem Kind, das den Menschen die gestohlene Zeit zurückbrachte / Momo by Michael Ende
1974 Carrie / Carrie by Stephen King
1975 Dhalgren / Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
1976 Interwiew mit einem Vampir / Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
1977 Sternentanz / Stardance by Jeanne Robinson & Spider Robinson
1978 Stadtgeschichten / Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
1979 Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis / The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
1980 Der Name der Rose / The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
1981 Cujo / Cujo by Stephen King
1982 Freitag / Friday by Robert A. Heinlein
1983 Christine / Christine by Stephen King
1984 Der Talisman / The Talisman by Stephen King & Peter Straub
1985 Contact / Contact by Carl Sagan
1986 Es / It by Stephen King
1987 Der Elektrische Mönch: Dirk Gently's Holistische Detektei / Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
1988 Fool on the hill / Fool on the hill by Matt Ruff
1989 Hyperion / Hyperion by Dan Simmons
1990 The Stand / The Stand (unabridged) by Stephen King
1991 Sofies Welt / Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy by Jostein Gaarder
1992 Fräulein Smillas Gespür für Schnee / Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg
1993 Alpträume / Nightmares & Dreamscapes by Stephen King
1994 Asche zu Asche / Playing for the Ashes by Elizabeth George
1995 Dunkle Kammern / The Dark Room by Minette Walters
1996 The Green Mile / The Green Mile by Stephen King
1997 G.A.S. / Sewer, Gas and Electric: The Public Works Trilogy by Matt Ruff
1998 Wächter der Nacht / The Night Watch by Sergej Lukianenko
1999 Die 13 1/2 Leben des Käpt'n Blaubär / 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers
2000 Das Haus = House of leaves / House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
2001 Jack Taylor fliegt raus / The Guards: A Novel by Ken Bruen
2002 Die Bibel nach Biff : die wilden Jugendjahre von Jesus, erzählt von seinem besten Freund / Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
2003 Ich und die anderen / Set This House in Order by Matt Ruff
2004 Der Turm / The Dark Tower by Stephen King
2005 Olympos / Olympos by Dan Simmons
2006 Am Ende war die Tat / What Came Before He Shot Her by Elizabeth George
2007 Der Tod und der Dicke / Death Comes for the Fat Man by Reginald Hill
2008 Das Spiel des Engels / The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
2009 1Q84 / 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
2010 Raum / Room by Emma Donoghue
2011 5 Dinge, die Sterbende am meisten bereuen / The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing by Bronnie Ware
2012 Ein plötzlicher Todesfall / The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
2013 Das Dickicht / The Thicket by Joe R. Lansdale
2014 Fiona: Als ich tot war 7 The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths by Harry Bingham
2015 Opferweg / Saint Odd by Dean Koontz
2016 Lovecraft Country / Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
2017 Und dann steht einer auf und öffnet das Fenster by Susann Pasztor
2018 Von der Kunst, schlechte Nachrichten gut zu überbringen by Jalid Sehouli
2019 Kurt by Sarah Kuttner
2020 Trauer: Der Reiseführer durch ein fremdes Land by Katrin Brunner
2021 Sörensen am Ende der Welt by Sven Stricker
2022 Was im Verborgenen ruht / Something to Hide by Elizabeth George
2023 Sörensen sieht Land by Sven Stricker

9SirThomas
Editado: Dez 8, 2023, 3:17 am

This was also a suggestion from the group: My Nobel Prize list:
1901 Sully Prudhomme - Intimes Tagebuch
1902 Theodor Mommsen - Römische Geschichte
1903 Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson - Meisternovellen
1904 Frédéric Mistral - Mireille
1904 José Echegaray y Eizaquirre - Meisterdramen
1905 Henryk Sienkiewicz - Quo Vadis?
1906 Giosuè Carducci - Gedichte
1907 Rudyard Kipling - Dschungelbücher
1908 Rudolf Christoph Eucken - Sinn und Wert
1909 Selma Lagerlöf - Wunderbare Reise des kleinen Nils Holgerson mit den Wildgänsen
1910 Paul Heyse - Italienische Novellen
1911 Count Maurice Maeterlinck - Das Leben der Termiten
1912 Gerhart Hauptmann - Große Erzählungen
1913 Rabindranath Tagore - Gitanjali
1915 Romain Rolland - Meister Breugnon
1916 Verner von Heidenstam - Karl der Zwölfte und seine Krieger
1917 Karl Adolph Gjellerup - Seit ich zuerst sie sah
1917 Henrik Pontoppidan - Der Teufel am Herd
1919 Carl Spitteler - Prometheus der Dulder
1920 Knut Hamsun - Segen der Erde
1921 Anatole France - Die Schuld des Professors Bonnard
1922 Jacinto Benavente - Der tugendhafte Glücksritter
1923 William Butler Yeats
1924 Wladyslaw Reymont
1925 George Bernard Shaw - Pygmalion
1926 Grazia Deledda
1927 Henri Bergson
1928 Sigrid Undset
1929 Thomas Mann - Buddenbrooks
1930 Sinclair Lewis
1931 Erik Axel Karlfeldt
1932 John Galsworthy
1933 Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin
1934 Luigi Pirandello
1936 Eugene O'Neill
1937 Roger Martin du Gard
1938 Pearl S. Buck - Die gute Erde
1939 Frans Eemil Sillanpää
1944 Johannes Vilhelm Jensen
1945 Gabriela Mistral
1946 Hermann Hesse - Knulp
1947 André Gide
1948 T.S. Elliot
1949 William Faulkner
1950 Bertrand Russell
1951 Pär Lagerkvist
1952 François Mauriac
1953 Sir Winston Churchill Meine frühen Jahre
1954 Ernest Hemingway
1955 Halldór Laxness
1956 Juan Ramón Jiménez
1957 Albert Camus
1958 Boris Pasternak - Doktor Schiwago
1959 Salvatore Quasimodo
1960 Saint-John Perse
1961 Ivo Andric
1962 John Steinbeck
1963 Giorgos Seferis
1964 Jean-Paul Sartre
1965 Michail Sholokhov
1966 Shmuel Yosef Agnon - Nur wie ein Gast zur Nacht
1966 Nelly Sachs
1967 Miguel Ángel Asturias
1968 Yasunari Kawabata
1969 Samuel Beckett - Warten auf Godot
1970 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
1971 Pablo Neruda
1972 Heinrich Böll - Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum
1973 Patrick White
1974 Eyvind Johnson
1974 Harry Martinson
1975 Eugenio Montale
1976 Saul Bellow
1977 Vincente Aleixandre
1978 Isaac Bashevis Singer - Ein Bräutigam und zwei Bräute
1979 Odysseas Elytis
1980 Czeslaw Milosz
1981 Elias Canetti
1982 Gabriel Garciá Márquez
1983 William Golding
1984 Jaroslav Seifert
1985 Claude Simon
1986 Akinwande Ouwoe Soyinka - Aké, Jahre der Kindheit
1987 Joseph Brodsky
1988 Naguib Mahfouz
1989 Camilo José Cela
1990 Octavio Paz
1991 Nadine Gordimer July's Leute
1992 Derek Walcott
1993 Toni Morrison - Jazz
1994 Kenzaburo Oe Der stumme Schrei
1995 Seamus Heaney
1996 Wislawa Szymborska Auf Wiedersehen, Bis morgen : Gedichte
1997 Dario Fo
1998 José Saramago - Die Reise des Elefanten
1999 Günter Grass - Die Blechtrommel
2000 Gao Xingjian
2001 Vidiadhar Surjprasad Naipaul
2002 Imre Kertész
2003 John Maxwell Coetzee
2004 Elfriede Jelinek
2005 Harold Pinter
2006 Orhan Pamuk Rot ist mein Name
2007 Doris Lessing - Das fünfte Kind
2008 J.M.G. Le Clézio
2009 Herta Müller
2010 Mario Vargas Llosa
2011 Tomas Tranströmer
2012 Mo Yan
2013 Alice Munro - Die Jupitermonde
2014 Patrick Modiano
2015 Svetlana Alexievich - Tschernobyl: Eine Chronik der Zukunft
2016 Bob Dylan - It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall
2017 Kazuo Ishiguro - Der begrabene Riese
2018 Olga Tokarczuk - Ur und andere Zeiten
2019 Peter Handke - Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter
2020 Louise Gluck Winterrezepte aus dem Kollektiv
2021 Abdulrazak Gurnah Das verlorene Paradies
2022 Annie Ernaux - Der Platz
2023 Jon Fosse

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10SirThomas
Editado: Nov 25, 2023, 4:36 am

And some Series I want to mention - Thank you for the suggestion, Anita (FAMeulstee)
Thomas Andreasson
Tödlicher Mittsommer - Tod im Schärengarten - Die Toten von Sandhamn - Mörderische Schärennächte - Beim ersten Schärenlicht - Tod in stiller Nacht - Tödliche Nachbarschaft - Mörderisches Ufer - Flucht in die Schären - Das Grab in den Schären

Rönning & Stilton
Die Springflut - Die dritte Stimme - Die Strömung - Schlaflied - Wundbrand - Kaltes Gold

Isabelle Bonnet
Madame le Commissaire und der verschwundene Engländer - Madame le Commissaire und die späte Rache - Madame le Commissaire und der Tod des Polizeichefs - Madame le Commissaire und das geheimnisvolle Bild - Madame le Commissaire und die tote Nonne - Madame le Commissaire und der tote Liebhaber

Borne
Borne - Tote Astronauten

Dalziel & Pascoe
A Clubbable Woman - An Advancement of Learning - Der Lüge schöner Schein - Ein nasses Grab - Der Calliope-Club - Der Würger von Yorkshire - Welke Rosen muss man schneiden - Exit Lines - Kein Kinderspiel - Unter Tage - Mord auf Widerruf - Ins Leben zurückgerufen - Der Schrei des Eisvogels - Der Wald des Vergessens - Das Dorf der verschwundenen Kinder - Asking for the Moon - Das Haus an der Klippe - Die rätselhaften Worte - Die Launen des Todes - Welch langen Weg die Toten gehen - Der Tod und der Dicke - Der Tod heilt alle Wunden - Die letzte Stunde naht

Whisky Business Mysteries
Whisky mit Mord - Whisky für den Mörder - Whisky mit Schuss - Ein Whisky auf den Tod

David Hunter
Die Chemie des Todes - Kalte Asche - Leichenblässe - Verwesung - Totenfang - Die ewigen Toten

Carl Mørck/Sonderdezernat Q
Erbarmen - Schändung - Erlösung - Verachtung - Erwartung - Verheißung - Selfies - Opfer 2117 - Natrium Chlorid

Bobiverse
Ich bin viele - Wir sind Götter - Alle diese Welten - Himmelsfluss - Perverse Instantiations

Sörensen ermittelt
Sörensen hat Angst - Sörensen fängt Feuer - Sörensen am Ende der Welt - Sörensen sieht Land

Lynley & Havers
Gott schütze dieses Haus - Keiner werfe den ersten Stein - Auf Ehre und Gewissen - Mein ist die Rache - Denn keiner ist ohne Schuld - Denn bitter ist der Tod - Asche zu Asche - Im Angesicht des Feindes - Denn sie betrügt man nicht - Undank ist der Väter Lohn - Nie sollst du vergessen - Wer die Wahrheit sucht - Wo kein Zeuge ist - Am Ende war die Tat - Doch die Sünde ist scharlachrot - Wer dem Tode geweiht - Glaube der Lüge - Nur eine böse Tat - Bedenke, was du tust - Wer Strafe verdient - Was im Verborgenen ruht

Dexter
Des Todes dunkler Bruder - Dunkler Dämon - Komm zurück, mein dunkler Bruder - Die schöne Kunst des Mordens - Dexter - Double Dexter - Dexter’s final cut - Dexter is dead

von Bodenstein und Kirchhoff
Eine unbeliebte Frau - Mordsfreunde - Tiefe Wunden - Schneewittchen muss sterben - Wer Wind sät - Böser Wolf - Die Lebenden und die Toten - Im Wald - Muttertag - In ewiger Freundschaft

11SirThomas
Set 8, 2023, 2:28 am

Come in, we're open...

12FAMeulstee
Set 8, 2023, 2:41 am

Happy new thread, Thomas!

>10 SirThomas: Glad you found the way I keep track of my series helpful.

13SirThomas
Set 8, 2023, 2:55 am

Thank you, Anita.
I owe a lot to you and the group!

14SirThomas
Set 8, 2023, 4:07 am

And there were books:


130. Dr. Who 11 Doktoren, 11 Geschichten / Doctor Who: 11 Doctors, 11 Stories by Neil Gaiman, Malorie Blackman, Eoin Colfer, Charlie Higson, Derek Landy, Richelle Mead, Patrick Ness, Philip Reeve, Alex Scarrow, Michael Scott, Marcus Sedgwick

German title translated: Doctor Who: 11 Doctors, 11 Stories
Genre: Science Fiction
Reading Reason: Rummage at the library
Medium: ebook
First published: 2014

11 good and very good stories from the Dr Who universe - a reading pleasure.

15SirThomas
Set 8, 2023, 4:07 am


131. Sind sie ein Freund von Dick Tossek? by Volker Bitzer

German title translated: Are you a friend of Dick Tossek?
Genre: Thriller
Reading Reason: Rummage at the library
Medium: ebook
First published: 2014

A contract killer does his job, but then there are complications, apparently he was framed.
106 pages, 6 corpses, a torture, a sex scene, lots of black humour - it doesn't get boring.

16SirThomas
Editado: Set 8, 2023, 4:10 am


132. Melody by Martin Suter

German title translated: Melody
Genre: Fiction
Reading Reason: Review in newspaper
Medium: ebook
First published: 2023

A young lawyer is asked to settle the estate of a rich politician and lawyer while he is still alive.
But business matters become secondary as he delves deeper into the client's past.
Martin Suter has a wonderfully clear writing style.

17SirThomas
Set 8, 2023, 4:45 am


133. Wer nicht hören will, muss sterben by Karen Sander

German title translated: Those who will not listen must die
Genre: Thriller
Reading Reason: A Friend
Medium: ebook
First published: 2014

Liz Montario's expert opinion leads to the release of a suspect in London. Since everyone is convinced of his guilt, she receives death threats. So it is fitting that the help of her institute is requested in Germany.
Georg Stadler has to deal with a brutal series of murders in which proverbs play a role.
Again exciting and variedly written.

18SirThomas
Set 8, 2023, 5:06 am


134. Das Schlangenhaupt / Darwin's Blade by Dan Simmons

German title translated: The serpent's head
Genre: Thriller
Reading Reason: Call from the bookshelf
Medium: ebook
First published: 2000

Darwin Minor is an insurance adjuster. When an attempt is made on his life, the reason is initially unclear.
But then it turns out that he has got in the way of a group of insurance fraudsters who will stop at nothing. His experience as a sniper in Vietnam comes in handy.
The exciting story is one side, but at the same time some bizarre accidents are described that are based on facts.
I love Simmon's writing style, though I love the Hyperion Cantos and Ilium-Olympos series even more.

19SirThomas
Set 8, 2023, 5:14 am

...and wordles:

wördle.de #601 - 4/6
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Wordle 810 5/6
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🟩🟩⬜⬜🟩 Liebe
🟩🟩🟩⬜🟩 Linie
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wordle.at

wördle.de #602 - 3/6
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🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Vater

Wordle 811 5/6
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wordle.at

20figsfromthistle
Set 8, 2023, 7:31 am

Happy new thread!

21SirThomas
Set 8, 2023, 9:13 am

Thank you, Anita!

22PaulCranswick
Set 8, 2023, 9:38 pm

Happy new thread, dear Thomas.

I need to go and update my Nobel Reading and the Books of my lifetime too.

23SirThomas
Set 9, 2023, 3:12 am

Thank you, Paul.

I see, you have already started the update...

24SirThomas
Set 9, 2023, 3:25 am

The weekend started very well.
Yesterday the deli had fresh tuna, so we had a very tasty lunch:

Tuna tartare, tuna steak wrapped in sesame seeds, rice, tuna sashimi flamed.

Today we have 2 events, first we are going to an open reading circle - the whole city is called to read the same book - Der rote Swimmingpool - I am curious about the opinions of the others.
Tonight we are having a street party and barbecue.
It's a small street, there will be just over 30 of us - the weather is supposed to stay nice.

25Whisper1
Set 9, 2023, 7:02 am

Hi Thomas! I like the idea of the whole city reading the same book. Also, a streeet party and barbecue sounds fun. I hope you had a lovely time.

26drneutron
Set 9, 2023, 6:28 pm

Happy new thread, Thomas!

27paulstalder
Set 11, 2023, 7:18 am

happy new thread, Thomas

28SirThomas
Set 11, 2023, 10:20 am

>25 Whisper1: Thank you very much, Linda.
The weekend was very nice, at the reading circle there was only one other guest apart from us and the bookseller, that was a bit disappointing. But there were some new aspects of the book and it was good.
The street party was great, we were 31 people with wonderful weather and wonderful conversations.
Then yesterday we had a quiet tidy up and otherwise a quiet reading Sunday.

29SirThomas
Set 11, 2023, 10:22 am

>26 drneutron: Thank you, Jim.
>27 paulstalder: Thank you, Paul.

I am always pleased about your visits.

30SirThomas
Set 15, 2023, 9:50 am


135. Der Heiler / Parantaja by Antti Tuomainen

English Title: The Healer
German title translated: The Healer
Genre: Dystopia
Reading Reason: Author
Medium: ebook
First published: 2010

I loved the Henri Koskinen books. This one is not funny.
A thriller in the middle of the climate catastrophe, a killer who brutally kills those supposedly responsible.
A journalist hot on his heels who disappears. As the police are totally overloaded, her husband sets out to find her. In the process, he finds out more about his wife than he would like.
Dark and suspenseful.

31SirThomas
Set 15, 2023, 10:03 am


136. Sternentanz / Stardance by Jeanne Robinson and Spider Robinson

German title translated: Stardance
Genre: Science Fiction
Reading Reason: Call from the bookshelf
Medium: Paper book
First published: 1977

I love this book, it is a re-re-read.
Charlie is a gifted dancer with a bullet in his hip who now accompanies performances as a cameraman. Shara is a gifted dancer with a beautiful body that is not suited to ballet.
They find a way to dance anyway - in space. And when aliens appear, their skills as a translator are needed. Shara manages to repel the dancing creatures, but she has too little oxygen to return.
Charlie sets up a dance company in space and becomes very successful, also as a dancer.
Then the strangers come back.
A beautiful book about love and hope, I am not a sentimental person, but here I had some water in my eyes.

32SirThomas
Set 15, 2023, 10:11 am


137. Das schwarze Messer by Andreas Eschbach

German title translated: The black knife
Genre: Fiction
Reading Reason: Birthday book - I started it on the author's birthday
Medium: ebook
First published: 2011

Alain Whitstock II can feel the age of objects when he holds them in his hand. The older, the longer the good feeling lasts. When he comes across an ancient black knife in Japan, he absolutely has to have it.
Short and good.

33SirThomas
Set 15, 2023, 10:15 am

wördle.de #609 - 4/6
⬜🟨🟨⬜⬜ Hilfe
🟩🟨⬜⬜⬜ Autor
🟩🟩🟩⬜⬜ Alibi
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Aliud

I had never heard this word before, but apparently it really exists

Wordle 818 4/6
⬜🟨⬜⬜⬜ Hilfe
⬜⬜🟨⬜🟨 Autor
🟩🟩🟩⬜🟩 Trist
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Tritt
wordle.at

34SirThomas
Set 16, 2023, 10:23 am


138. Holly / Holly by Stephen King

German title translated: Holly (finally a german title that fits!)
Genre: Thriller
Reading Reason: Author
Medium: Paper book
First published: 2023

Holly Gibney is looking for a young woman who has disappeared, and in the process she gets on the trail of a terrible series of murders.
She has to work alone for the most part, as her colleagues are busy with private matters or ill. But they help her as much as they can. The enemy is frightening, a frail old couple - a contradiction? NO
There is hardly any supernatural this time, but King manages to create a horror atmosphere, he is a great storyteller who swallows up the reader.
There have been some not so good books from him lately, this is one of the good ones.

35EllaTim
Set 16, 2023, 6:48 pm

>28 SirThomas: Hi Thomas! It sounds like a great idea, the whole town reading one book together. You would be able to talk about it with everybody. But it seems that it didn’t quite work out? You did have a nice time and that’s what counts.

36SirThomas
Set 18, 2023, 1:37 am

Thank you very much, we had that, Ella.
It's not the only event, others were better attended. On 6 October there is the big closing event with the author herself.
In 2019, we had the Baden-Württemberg Literature Days in the city with many different events and authors. This gave rise to the idea of choosing a book every year and reading it together. We love it.

On Saturday we also had a great time, we went to a Boogie Woogie concert with Jörg Hegemann (piano), Paul G. Ulrich (bass) and Jan Freund (drums).
I participated so much that I far exceeded the step target of my SmartWatch ;-)

37FAMeulstee
Set 18, 2023, 6:58 am

>36 SirThomas: Having fun while getting to your step target, that is the best way, Thomas :-)

38PaulCranswick
Set 22, 2023, 9:17 pm

>34 SirThomas: He isn't one of my favourite authors, Thomas, but I have heard good things about this one.

Have a great weekend, my friend.

39SirThomas
Set 26, 2023, 9:47 am

Sorry for the late reply, we had some distractions.
First my cousin came to the hospital with a stroke and other problems, we helped the family where we could.
Thank goodness he is doing a little better now.
At work I also had a lot of chaos, but we were able to go on vacation.
Unfortunately, we didn't have internet until today. But now everything is OK.
And the view from the balcony compensates for a lot:

40SirThomas
Set 26, 2023, 9:52 am

>37 FAMeulstee: You are right, Anita!

>38 PaulCranswick: He is one of my favourite authors, Paul. He can tell a story that you are really in it.
I love The Stand, IT, The dark Tower and others.
But in between there ara a lot of books I didn't like a lot.

41SirThomas
Editado: Set 26, 2023, 10:19 am

Life works without the Internet, but never without books!


139. Der Geist von Maddy Clare / The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James

German title translated: The ghost of Maddy Clare
Genre: Horror
Reading Reason: Rummage at the library
Medium: ebook
First published: 2012

London, 1922: A young woman is hired to hunt a ghost.
In the process, she gets to know life and her comrades-in-arms better.
The book is very authentic and could also have been written in 1922, only some scenes are a bit too drastic.

42SirThomas
Set 26, 2023, 10:30 am


140. Loki - Wie man als schlechter Gott ein guter Mensch wird (oder auch nicht) / Loki: A Bad God's Guide to Being Good by Louie Stowell

German title translated: Loki - How to become a good man (or not) as a bad god.
Genre: Fantasy
Reading Reason: Rummage at the library
Medium: ebook
First published: 2022

What if Loki was banished to earth as an eleven-year-old boy ?
Certainly varied and funny with good drawings.
A pleasure.

43SirThomas
Set 26, 2023, 10:39 am


141. Der nette Herr Heinlein und die Leichen im Keller by Stephan Ludwig

German title translated: Friendly Mr. Heinlein and the Corpses in the Cellar
Genre: Crime Fiction
Reading Reason: Rummage at the library
Medium: ebook
First published: 2022

Mr. Heinlein is kind and gentle and delicatessen.
He takes touching care of his only employee, who is not coping with life so richly.
Why more and more corpses are piling up in his cold storage is beyond his own understanding.
A nice Cosy Crime.

44SirThomas
Set 26, 2023, 11:05 am


142. Zwei Schwalben in Paris: Und andere fabelhafte Geschichten / Contes by François Lelord

German title translated: Two Swallows in Paris: And Other Fabulous Stories
Genre: Fables
Reading Reason: Rummage at the library
Medium: ebook
First published: 2022

10 Modern Fables in a beautiful little book.
A pleasure to read.

45SirThomas
Set 26, 2023, 12:19 pm


143. Treacle Walker: Der Wanderheiler / Treacle Walker by Alan Garner

German title translated: Treacle Walker: The traveling healer
Genre: Fantasy
Reading Reason: Rummage at the library
Medium: ebook
First published: 2021

Joseph Coppock lives alone in a big house. When a rag picker comes along, the story gets weird.
Short and convoluted. I couldn't really get into the book.

46SirThomas
Set 27, 2023, 10:53 am


144. Macht kein' Scheiss, Jungs! by Uli Stein

German title translated: Don't do shit, guys!
Genre: Cartoons
Reading Reason: Bookcase in the vacation apartment
Medium: Paper book
First published: 1993

A collection of ingenious cartoons.
I love the work of Uli Stein

47SirThomas
Set 27, 2023, 10:58 am


145. Ruhestand! by Wolfgang Kleinert

German title translated: Retirement!
Genre: Cartoons
Reading Reason: Bookcase in the vacation apartment
Medium: Paper book
First published: 2016

Another collection of ingenious cartoons.

48SirThomas
Set 27, 2023, 11:04 am


146. Gallant / Gallant by V. E. Schwab

German title translated: Gallant
Genre: Horror
Reading Reason: This gorgeous group - September scaredy kit
Medium: ebook
First published: 2012

An orphan finds her family, but there is a curse on her and the estate.
She takes up the hopeless fight.
First the tension builds slowly, but then the story literally pulls the reader into the book.

49FAMeulstee
Set 29, 2023, 3:23 am

>39 SirThomas: Well wishes for your cousin, Thomas.
That is a great view, where were you staying?

50figsfromthistle
Set 29, 2023, 6:00 am

I am glad your cousin is doing better! Hopefully your cousin has a good view from the window as well. It would be a shame not to see it.

Have a great weekend.

51SirThomas
Set 29, 2023, 8:34 am

>49 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita.
He is back home and will enter rehab in October.
We hope the best.

We are in Brissago, Switzerland at the Lago Maggiore.
It is wonderful and we slowly come to rest.

>Thank you, Anita,.
Unfortunately, his view is not so beautiful, but he is back from the hospital.

52SirThomas
Set 29, 2023, 8:36 am

Speaking of view - this was yesterday morning:

53SirThomas
Set 29, 2023, 10:23 am


147. Im Kopf des Mörders - Tiefe Narbe by Arno Strobel

German title translated: In the head of the killer - Deep scar
Genre: Thriller
Reading Reason: Bookcase in the vacation apartment
Medium: paper book
First published: 2017

An old and a young policeman and a serial killer.
Dark and brutal. But a book does not get better the more blood flows...

54SirThomas
Set 29, 2023, 10:30 am


148. Alte Freunde by Regine Frei

German title translated: Old friends
Genre: Crime fiction
Reading Reason: Bookcase in the vacation apartment
Medium: paper book
First published: 2013

Two elderly gentlemen become friends at the gym in Bern.
When they find a dead body, they become involved in the investigation.
The story is told from the point of view of the two and from the point of view of the police.
Cozy crime full of atmosphere, little blood, but great quality.

55SirThomas
Set 29, 2023, 10:37 am


149. Die Seelen von London / Jonathan Dark or the Evidence of Ghosts by A. K. Benedict

German title translated: The souls of London
Genre: Crime fiction
Reading Reason: Rummage at the library
Medium: ebook
First published: 2016

A stalker threatens a woman. Previously, the body of a previously threatened woman was found.
The investigating police officer is going through a divorce and has to deal with the fact that ghosts exist and influence his life. In addition, the investigators are on the trail of a large conspiracy.
This is an exciting and varied story. If it were a series, I would keep reading....

56drneutron
Set 30, 2023, 7:56 pm

>52 SirThomas: Well, that’s just beautiful!

57SirThomas
Out 3, 2023, 9:26 am

Thank you very much, Jim.
It was even more beautiful in the original!

Now we're back home, it's very nice here too, but tomorrow I have to go back to work. That's fun too, but holidays are more pleasant...

58SirThomas
Out 3, 2023, 9:27 am


150. Vier Stern Stunden by Daniel Glattauer

German title translated: Four great moments
Genre: Fiction
Reading Reason: Rummage at the library
Medium: ebook
First published: 2020

A short play about a writer who is interviewed in a hotel.
Very beautifully written.

59SirThomas
Out 3, 2023, 9:27 am


151. Kalt ist der Abendhauch by Ingrid Noll

German title translated: Cold is the evening breeze
Genre: Crime fiction
Reading Reason: Birthday book - I started it on the author's birthday
Medium: ebook
First published: 1996

A nice story about a nice old woman who is expecting a visit from a childhood friend.
Slowly and gradually, abysses open up - the two have skeletons in the closet - literally.
A very good story with a quiet humour.

60SirThomas
Out 3, 2023, 9:47 am

And the stats of September:

Books read: 22
Pages read: 6,279 (longest 614 / shortest 25 / average 285)

Personal rating:
average rating
highest rating
lowest rating

Author nationalities:

Australia 1 / 1 / 1
Canada: 2 / 2 / 2
England: 7 / 7 / 7
Finland: 1 / 1 / 1
France: 1 / 1 / 1
Germany: 8 / 8 / 8
Ireland: 3 / 3 / 3
Switzerland: 2 / 2 / 2
USA: 7 / 7 / 7

Sum: 32 / 32 / 32

Counting mode: All authors of the books / Main Author(s) or Editor(s) per book / Only different authors

Gender:
female authors: 10 / 10 / 10
male authors: 22 / 22 / 22
n/a: - / - / -

alive authors: 29 / 29 / 29
dead authors: 3 / 3 / 3

date first published:

1970-1979: 1
1990-1999: 2
2000-2009: 1
2010-2019: 10
2020-2029: 8

Media:
Ebooks: 15
Paperbooks: 7

Genre:
Comic: 2
Crime fiction: 4
Dystopia: 1
Fantasy: 3
Fiction: 3
Horror: 1
Science Fiction: 2
Short Stories: 1
Thriller: 5

Reading Reason:
Author: 2
Birthday book: 2
Review in newspaper / internet: 1
Hotel / Holiday Apartment: 4
Random / rummage: 10
Friend: 1
Stock: 2

61SirThomas
Out 3, 2023, 11:12 am

The first nine months:

Books read: 151
Pages read: 57,389 (longest 1,360 / shortest 25 / average 380)

Personal rating:
average rating
highest rating
lowest rating

Author nationalities:

Australia 4 / 4 / 3
Bulgaria: 1 / 1 / 1
Canada: 9 / 9 / 5
England: 35 / 35 / 19
Finland: 2 / 2 / 1
France: 3 / 3 / 3
Germany: 51 / 51 / 48
Ireland: 14 / 14 / 7
Japan: 3 / 3 / 3
Netherlands: 1 / 1 / 1
Poland: 1 / 1 / 1
Russia: 1 / 1 / 1
Sweden: 1 / 1 / 1
South Korea: 2 / 2 / 2
Switzerland: 6 / 6 / 6
Tanzania: 1 / 1 / 1
USA: 34 / 34 / 34

Sum: 168 / 168 / 136

Counting mode: All authors of the books / Main Author(s) or Editor(s) per book / Only different authors

Gender:
female authors: 69 / 69 / 50
male authors: 97 / 97 / 84
n/a: 2 / 2 / 2

alive authors: 136 / 139 / 119
dead authors: 32 / 32 / 17

date first published:

1900-1909: 1
1950-1959: 2
1960-1969: 3
1970-1979: 4
1980-1989: 6
1990-1999: 14
2000-2009: 15
2010-2019: 44
2020-2029: 62

Media:
Ebooks: 31
Paperbooks: 120

Genre:
Autobiography: 3
Comic: 3
Cookbook: 1
Crime fiction: 30
Dystopia: 1
Fantasy: 22
Fiction: 25
Historical Fiction: 5
Horror: 5
Non Fiction: 15
Poetry: 3
Science Fiction: 15
Short Stories: 2
Steampunk: 1
Thriller: 19
Western: 1

Reading Reason:
Author: 19
Birthday Book: 5
Early Reviewers: 1
Hotel / Holiday Apartment: 5
Movie: 5
My wife: 8
Nobel Prize: 4
This gorgeous group: 31
The town reads a book: 1
Review in newspaper / internet: 12
Random / rummage: 41
Friend: 3
Stock: 13
Mentioned in another book: 2
Court decision: 1

62FAMeulstee
Out 7, 2023, 2:00 pm

>52 SirThomas: Beautiful view!

>58 SirThomas: Congratulations on reaching 2 x 75, Thomas!

63SirThomas
Out 8, 2023, 5:50 am

Thank you, Anita - we had a wonderful time.

Thank you, Anita. I can't quite keep up with your performance, but I'm quite happy.

64SirThomas
Out 8, 2023, 9:45 am

Of course, there was not only beautiful weather, great excursions, but also delicious food ;-)

65SirThomas
Editado: Out 8, 2023, 9:59 am

And of course there are books:


152. Der Mordclub von Shaftesbury – Ein Herz und eine tote Seele by Emily Winston

German title translated: The Shaftesbury Murder Club - A Heart and a Dead Soul
Genre: Crime fiction
Reading Reason: Author
Medium: ebook
First published: 2023

The matchmaker and amateur detective Penelope St. James has to solve some crimes again.
A pleasantly readable cosy crime.

66SirThomas
Editado: Out 8, 2023, 9:59 am


153. Der Zeitdieb / Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett

German title translated: The Thief of Time
Genre: Fantasy
Reading Reason: 75 books challenge - Group read
Medium: ebook
First published: 2001

Another wonderful story from the Discworld.
Exciting and humorous.
The Auditors of Reality launch a new attack, but Death and Susan are on their guard and get support again, also from the 5(!) apocalyptic horsemen - and chocolate.

67SirThomas
Out 8, 2023, 9:59 am


154. Heute hier, morgen Mord by Cordelia Borchardt Sabine Thomas

German title translated: Today here, tomorrow murder
Genre: crime fiction
Reading Reason: Rummage at the library
Medium: ebook
First published: 2014

A collection of short stories for the Agatha Christie Crime Prize 2014.
Some good, some not so good.
The title is variation of an old folksong - Heute hier Morgen dort (Today here, tomorrow there) Mord and dort sounds identical...

68SirThomas
Out 12, 2023, 1:39 am

A little wordle update:

wördle.de #635 - 3/6
⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ Hilfe
🟨⬜🟨🟨⬜ Autor
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Toast

Wordle 844 4/6
⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ Hilfe
🟨⬜🟨⬜⬜ Autor
⬜🟨🟩⬜⬜ Knast
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Stand
wordle.at

wördle.de #636 - 5/6
⬜⬜⬜⬜🟨 Hilfe
🟨⬜⬜⬜🟩 Autor
⬜🟩⬜🟩🟩 Raser
⬜🟩🟩🟩🟩 Mager
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Nager

Wordle 845 4/6
⬜⬜⬜⬜🟩 Hilfe
⬜⬜⬜⬜🟨 Autor
🟨🟩⬜🟩🟩 Renne
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Gerne
wordle.at

69SirThomas
Out 13, 2023, 2:46 am


155. We Used to Be Different by Elle Mitchell

Genre: Horror
Reading Reason: Early Reviewers
Medium: ebook
First published: 2022

A collection of 62 short stories, very well written and often with a surprising ending.
Although some are very short, they are very profound and thought-provoking.
At the end of each story there is a photo of a small miniature with a connection to it, sometimes a whole diorama.
Looking at the pictures often gives the reader clues to better understand the twist, and here too the author's great imagination comes to the fore.
Again the Early Reviewers program helped me get a good book.

70SirThomas
Out 13, 2023, 3:00 am

wördle.de #637 - 3/6
⬜⬜⬜⬜🟩 Hilfe
🟨🟨🟨⬜🟨 Autor
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Raute

Wordle 846 4/6
⬜⬜🟩⬜🟨 Hilfe
🟩⬜🟩🟩⬜ Alles
🟩⬜🟩🟩⬜ Aulen
🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Adler
wordle.at

71SirThomas
Out 16, 2023, 2:24 am


156. Der Mord des Jahrhunderts: Der Fall Guldensuppe / The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime that Scandalized a City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars by Paul Collins

German title translated: The Murder of the Century: The Guldensuppe Case
Genre: Crime Fiction
Reading Reason: BB 75 books challenge (Thank you again, Jennifer (mstrust))
Medium: ebook
First published: 2011

NYC 1897: Children find body parts, the search for the rest of the dead and the murderer begins.
The investigation is supported and hindered by the sensational press.
The book describes more a newspaper war than the murder story, but this is also very interesting.
Among other things, the reader learns the origin of the term Yellow Press.
The book is based on facts, the effects of this story are still relevant today - what is truth, what is manipulation?

72SirThomas
Out 16, 2023, 2:25 am


157. Liebe Fanatiker: Drei Plädoyers / Tשלום לקנאים by Amos Oz

English Title: Dear Zealots: Letters from a Divided Land
German title translated: Dear Fanatics: Three Pleas
Genre: Essay
Reading Reason: BB 75 books challenge (Thank you again, PaulCranswick)
Medium: ebook
First published: 2017

An appeal to people to respect other opinions and people.
Fanaticism already starts in supposed trivialities, no one is immune to it.
A quote from Yehuda Amichai that touched me very much:
In the place where we are right, flowers will never grow in the spring.
The place where we are right is trampled and hard as a yard.


The little book is very intense and encourages one to think about one's own attitude.
It touched me very much, especially in the current situation.

73EllaTim
Out 16, 2023, 5:06 am

Congratulations on your 2x75, Thomas!

Lovely views of the Lago Maggiore, earlier in your thread. I’ve never been there, so the name has an almost mythical appeal.

>72 SirThomas: Sounds really good. Now in these divided times.

74SirThomas
Out 17, 2023, 2:24 am

Thank you, Ella.

It is a wonderful area, but the name sounds more mythical than it is: Lake Major.

Yes we need more voices like his.

75SirThomas
Out 18, 2023, 7:48 am

Back from the 2023 Halloween Treasure Hunt.
It was again a great fun - and with a little help from my friends here I found them all.

76SirThomas
Out 18, 2023, 7:50 am

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77SirThomas
Out 18, 2023, 8:36 am


158. Die Vorhersage / The Measure by Nikki Erlick

German title translated: The Prediction
Genre: Science Fiction
Reading Reason: Rummage at the Library
Medium: ebook
First published: 2022

When every adult human being on earth receives a box with a thread in it that defines the length of their life, the world is thrown into chaos.
Humanity splits into long threads and short threads, relationships are ended, attacks are committed, there is discrimination. But also friendship and love despite everything.
Machine of Death has a similar theme, but in the short stories there it is predicted how one dies, not when.
Interesting and exciting and thought-provoking - how would I react to such a situation?
One thing is important: Life is so much more than just the number of years!

78SirThomas
Out 20, 2023, 2:56 am

Yesterday we had a wonderful evening. My favourite bookshop hosted a book launch evening.
First there was sparkling wine, then the staff presented their favourite new releases.
Of course there were lots of BB again, as if I needed that 😉.
Two interesting and varied hours with good books and acquaintances surrounded by books.

In a presented calendar I found a saying that appealed to me:

Lieber ein kleines Licht als ein grosser Armleuchter
(Better a small light than a big bonehead - Armleuchter is a kind of candelabra, and a rant)

There was also a cartoon by a great philosopher in the paper today:
Charlie Brown:
Isn't it incredible?
Summer is almost over again... Where has it gone?
Linus:
Summers just fly by...
Winters go by foot!

79FAMeulstee
Out 20, 2023, 3:31 am

>78 SirThomas: Sounds like you had a lovely evening, Thomas.
Personally I don't agree with Linus, winters fly by, and summers go by foot ;-)

80SirThomas
Out 21, 2023, 9:36 am

You are right, Anita.
With 28°C in the middle of October, the summer is far too long!

81SirThomas
Out 23, 2023, 1:31 am

Yesterday was a good one.
After breakfast we went out for a wonderful walk in the sun.
Later we ordered a tasty pizza, they bake them in a wood-fired oven.
In the afternoon I grabbed a book to read it on the terrace in the beach chair.
In this moment my smartwatch displayed "You have reached your goal!" - true words...

82figsfromthistle
Editado: Out 23, 2023, 7:34 am

>77 SirThomas: That one sounds interesting. I will put it on my list.

Hope you have a great start to the week

83SirThomas
Editado: Nov 6, 2023, 1:19 am

I think you will like it, Anita.

Thank you, I had.
Monday and tuesday my cousin came to visit, her husband is in rehab now.
Wednesday we had a meeting at work in presence.
Thursday we had Health Day, in the morning online-presentations, in the afternoon a nice walk between the rain showers.
Friday we listened the last day of the radio hit parade with the final. A whole week with the listeners' favourite 2,000 songs.
The first three:
3. Child in Time
2. Stairway to Heaven
3.1. Bohemian Rhapsody

Saturday we cleaned our windows
Yesterday we had a calm day with tasty food. Later I will post a photo.
And today it is working monday again...

84SirThomas
Editado: Dez 8, 2023, 10:57 am

But before there are pictures, first the books:


159. Schlachthof 5: oder Der Kinderkreuzzug / Slaughterhouse-Five: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Ryan North

German title translated: Slaughterhouse 5: or The Children's Crusade
Genre: Science Fiction
Reading Reason: Birthday book - I started it on the author's birthday
Medium: ebook
First published: 2020

A wonderful graphic novel of a wonderful book.
Highly recommended!

85SirThomas
Out 30, 2023, 10:28 am


160. Schaurige Nächte: Unheimliche Geschichten für den Winter / The Haunting Season. Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights by Bridget Collins, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Andrew Michael Hurley, Jess Kidd, Elizabeth Macneal, Natasha Pulley, Laura Purcell

German title translated: Scary Nights: Spooky Stories for Winter
Genre: Horror
Reading Reason: Birthday book - I started it on the author's birthday
Medium: ebook
First published: 2020

A nice little collection of ghost stories.

86SirThomas
Out 30, 2023, 10:30 am


161. Die Insel der Tausend Leuchttürme by Walter Moers

German title translated: The Island of a Thousand Lighthouses
Genre: Fantasy
Reading Reason: Author
Medium: Paper Book
First published: 2023

Another volume of the Zanonien series, this time as an epistolary novel.
Hildegunst von Mythenmetz is supposed to be recuperating, but of course he gets into a crazy adventure.
Well written, but I've probably already read too many of the series to be enthusiastic.
Nice drawings by the author.

I like the motto:
You don't have to leave home for a journey.
The most fantastic journeys are the ones in your own head.
Gryphius von Odenhobler

Also a remarkable quote:
How seldom one sees a real ruin, my best Hachmed, unless one looks in the mirror in the morning!

87SirThomas
Nov 1, 2023, 4:46 am

And the stats of October (could have been better...):

Books read: 10
Pages read: 3,372 (longest 656 / shortest 102 / average 337)

Personal rating:
average rating
highest rating
lowest rating

Author nationalities:

Canada: 2 / 2 / 2
England: 7 / 7 / 7
Finland: 1 / 1 / 1
France: 1 / 1 / 1
Germany: 4 / 4 / 4
Israel: 1 / 1 / 1
Scotland: 1 / 1 / 1
USA: 3 / 3 / 3

Sum: 17 / 17 / 17

Counting mode: All authors of the books / Main Author(s) or Editor(s) per book / Only different authors

Gender:
female authors: 11 / 11 / 11
male authors: 6 / 6 / 6
n/a: - / - / -

alive authors: 15 / 15 / 15
dead authors: 2 / 2 / 2

date first published:

2000-2009: 1
2010-2019: 3
2020-2029: 6

Media:
Ebooks: 9
Paperbooks: 1

Genre:
Crime fiction: 3
Essay: 1
Fantasy: 2
Horror: 2
Science Fiction: 2

Reading Reason:
Author: 2
Birthday book: 1
Early Reviewers: 1
Random / rummage: 3
This gorgeous group: 3

88SirThomas
Nov 1, 2023, 5:15 am

And the food:

Bread with ham, served with pickles / salt / oil / pickle and cream cheese
Marinated brook trout with pickled pumpkin and crème fraiche
Butternut squash soup with roasted pumpkin seeds and Styrian oil
Variations of noble fish (salmon / pike perch / sole / shrimp) with pastis sauce, confit fennel and pumpkin risotto
Coconut panna cotta with mango, coconut spuma and avocado honey ice cream

89SirThomas
Nov 5, 2023, 9:29 am

And books again:

162. Crazy Schmidt … und der krasseste Roadtrip meines Lebens by Hans-Jürgen Feldhaus

German title translated: Crazy Schmidt ... and the craziest road trip of my life
Genre: Fiction
Reading Reason: Review in newspaper
Medium: eBook
First published: 2023

A boy has to move to the country with his parents, doesn't feel well, wants to bring back a dog and ends up in the south of France. A crazy road movie full of crazy ideas and humour. But still touching.

90SirThomas
Nov 5, 2023, 9:37 am


163. Train Dreams / Train Dreams by Denis Johnson

German title translated: Train Dreams 😉
Genre: Fiction
Reading Reason: BB 75 books challenge (Thank you again, Judy (ffortsa))
Medium: eBook
First published: 2002

A journey through a whole life in just over 100 pages. Intense, captivating and very well written.

91FAMeulstee
Nov 5, 2023, 11:51 am

>88 SirThomas: That all looks very tasty, Thomas, I am sure you enjoyed it all.

>90 SirThomas: Train Dreams reminded me a bit of A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler. Similair in capturing a lifetime in a short book.

92figsfromthistle
Nov 5, 2023, 7:44 pm

>88 SirThomas: Pumpkin soup with Styrian pumpkin seed oil drizzled on top is delicious. I always put this on zucchini and squash soups.

That panna cotta looks delicious and light.

>87 SirThomas: Those are some impressive stats!

93EllaTim
Nov 5, 2023, 7:45 pm

>83 SirThomas: A top 2000! It’s fun isn’t it? I try to listen to ours as well. Bohemian Rapsody was nr1 last year.

>90 SirThomas: Train Dreams sounds good.

94SirThomas
Nov 6, 2023, 1:26 am

>91 FAMeulstee: You are right, Anita it was all very tasty.
Thank you for the BB, I put Seethaler on my list.

>92 figsfromthistle: Yes it is delicious, Anita.
Once a year, there is garden exhibition in the area with everything you need for your garden, from seeds to garden furniture and processed products.
We always pick up a bottle of pumpkin seed oil directly from the producer there.
Thank you - I try my best with reading and stats...

>93 EllaTim: Yes it was fun, Ella.
And all started in 1989 with a crazy idea of two radio hosts after reading the Guinness Book of World Records. One week with 1,000 hits and only the two hosts...
Since then it is a highlight every year.
Bohemian Rhapsody won 2006, 2013, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
Stairway to heaven won 1989, 1994, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017...
Train Dreams is definitely worth reading.

95SirThomas
Nov 6, 2023, 1:52 am


164. Die Therapie by Sebastian Fitzek

German title translated: The therapy
English title: Therapy
Genre: Thriller
Reading Reason: Report on a TV series
Medium: eBook
First published: 2006

A psychiatrist in an asylum talks about his life.
But what is delusion, what is reality - and where is the victim?
Intense and exciting, with unexpected twists and turns (at least for me...)

96SirThomas
Nov 6, 2023, 1:58 am

Now I'm back up to date with my reading.

There were also Wordles, of course - the last two days:
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97SirThomas
Nov 13, 2023, 5:31 am


165. Ein Mordsgeschäft: Mord, Anarchie und verdammt heiße Hosen / Mystery man by Colin Bateman

German title translated: A murder business: murder, anarchy and damn hot trousers
Genre: Crime Fiction
Reading Reason: BB 75 books Challenge, hint on author in October scaredy Kit, thank you VivienneR
Medium: eBook
First published: 2009

An eccentric bookseller begins to solve the cases of a missing private detective.
In the process, he uncovers a series of murders and finds himself in danger.
Funny, exciting, readable.

98PaulCranswick
Nov 13, 2023, 5:32 am

Just catching up with you dear Thomas, you have continued to widen the gap between us in number of books read!

99SirThomas
Nov 13, 2023, 5:36 am

Thank you, my friend.
Reading is so much easier for me than posting, you are a champion at that - and you're about to reach the group goal for the second time!

100SirThomas
Nov 13, 2023, 5:41 am


166. Alleinstehender Psychopath sucht Gleichgesinnte / Single White Psychopath Seeks Same by Jeff Strand

German title translated: Single White Psychopath Seeks Same - YAY, finaly a translation that fits!
Genre: Thriller
Reading Reason: BB 75 books Challenge, hint on author in October scaredy Kit, thank you JayneCM
Medium: eBook
First published: 2003

Andrew Mayhem has to pose as a serial killer in order to save the wife of a client.
In the process, he gets into many abstruse and bloody situations.
Lots of splatter, lots of humour, not highbrow literature, but it's fun to read.

101PaulCranswick
Nov 13, 2023, 5:43 am

>99 SirThomas: You don't do at all badly at posting either, Thomas.
What is the group goal by the way?

102SirThomas
Nov 13, 2023, 5:49 am


167. Skippy stirbt / Skippy dies by Paul Murray

German title translated: Skippy dies - YAY, another translation that fits!
Genre: Fiction
Reading Reason: BB 75 books Challenge (Thank you again, EllaTim)
Medium: eBook
First published: 2010

A school in Ireland, a pupil dies at the beginning of the novel.
Little by little, the story tells how it came about and what dark abysses lurk behind the school walls.
Wonderfully written, exciting, tragic, yet full of humour.
The author managed to make me feel like I was in the middle of the book, not just a reader sitting on the outside.

103PaulCranswick
Nov 13, 2023, 5:56 am

>102 SirThomas: Isn't it wonderful when an author manages to create that immersive feeling?

I find that Irish authors are particularly able to do that - with the storytelling tradition that they have.

104SirThomas
Nov 13, 2023, 6:04 am

>101 PaulCranswick: I do my best, Paul.

The goal is

  • to read approx. 0.2 books a day

  • to read approx. 1.5 books a week

  • to read approx. 6.25 books a month

  • to read 75 books a year

  • to meet friends

  • great book recommendations

  • to have fun


  • 105SirThomas
    Nov 13, 2023, 6:06 am

    >103 PaulCranswick: You're absolutely right, Paul.
    And this was another book that I probably wouldn't have read without this group...

    106SirThomas
    Nov 13, 2023, 6:12 am

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    107PaulCranswick
    Nov 13, 2023, 6:42 am

    >104 SirThomas: I think I have managed that one every year, Thomas, with the help of friends like you!

    108Berly
    Nov 14, 2023, 10:17 am

    >104 SirThomas: I like those goals!! Especially the last 3. Nice job on the Wordle front too. Wishing you a great day!

    109SirThomas
    Nov 15, 2023, 2:32 am

    >107 PaulCranswick: I'm happy if I can be of help, my friend.

    >108 Berly: Thank you, Kim.
    I am happy to see you, I wish you a wonderful day too.

    110SirThomas
    Nov 15, 2023, 8:29 am

    Speaking of wordle...
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    111SirThomas
    Nov 16, 2023, 1:45 am


    168. Nägel mit Köpfen: 7 Erfindungen, die die Welt bis heute verändern / Nuts and Bolts: Seven Small Inventions That Changed the World in a Big Way by Roma Agrawal

    German title translated: Nails with heads: 7 inventions that are still changing the world today
    Genre: Non Fiction
    Reading Reason: Rummageat the Library
    Medium: eBook
    First published: 2023

    The author is a physicist and civil engineer and describes what she considers to be the 7 most important inventions of mankind:
    nail, wheel, spring, magnet, lens, string, pump
    and their impact on mankind to this day.
    You can tell that the author loves the subject and understands it - and she can present it in an understandable way.

    112SirThomas
    Nov 17, 2023, 5:24 am


    169. Die Bäume / The Trees by Percival Everett

    German title translated: The Trees
    Genre: Horror
    Reading Reason: 2023 Category Challenge October
    Medium: eBook
    First published: 2021

    A funny book with depth about racism, the undead, stupidity, prejudice...
    Can it be readable? - Definitely yes, I love it.
    In a small town in the deep south, the bodies of 2 men are found, one body disappears and is later found with another body. It doesn't stop with these deaths and various investigators try to shed light on the case.
    The ending is a bit quirky and I didn't quite get how the title fits the content, but it was definitely a wonderful book.
    A little quote:
    Death is never a stranger. That's why we fear it.

    113SirThomas
    Nov 18, 2023, 10:00 am

    Yesterday we had a very tasty dinner.
    One of our favourite restaurants regulary arranges a tasting-dinner, this time with the motto autumn:


  • Greeting from the kitchen - mushroom quiche (in the middle of the pic)
  • Pheasant terrine with quince chutney and sweet wine jelly / Pumpkin soup with roasted seeds / Fried prawns on sweet and sour glass noodle salad
  • Plaice on creamy vegetable lentils
  • Hohenlohe goose in marjoram jus with red cabbage, chestnuts, stewed apple and potato dumplings
  • Chocolate tart with mango and sour cream ice cream

  • 114SirThomas
    Nov 20, 2023, 3:46 am


    170. Ein ganzes Leben by Robert Seethaler

    German title translated: A whole life
    English Title: A whole life
    Genre: Fiction
    Reading Reason: BB 75 books Challenge (Thank you again, Anita >91 FAMeulstee:)
    Medium: eBook
    First published: 2014

    A whole life in a mountain village in a short book, a simple and profound life and book.
    Andreas Egger lives, loves and dies in his homeland, leaving it only once to fight in the First World War.
    He stoically endures whatever misfortune comes his way and yet he is not unhappy...

    115FAMeulstee
    Nov 20, 2023, 6:06 am

    >114 SirThomas: When I wrote >91 FAMeulstee: I wrongly assumed you had read Ein ganzes Leben, as it came by fairly often in this group. I am glad you have read it now, Thomas, and even more that you loved it as much as I did.

    116SirThomas
    Nov 20, 2023, 7:12 am

    I am also glad, Anita.
    And not just because of this book...

    117SirThomas
    Nov 20, 2023, 7:28 am

    Currently reading:
    The Promise - another BB from this gorgeous groop
    July's People - a birthday book - today is the today is the hundredth birthday of Nadine Gordimer, I took it for my Nobel-list.

    Both have the same theme - South Africa and Apartheid, which I didn't intend, but it fits well.

    118SirThomas
    Nov 25, 2023, 4:14 am

    Update time:

    171. Das Versprechen / The Promise by Damon Galgut

    German title translated: The Promise
    Genre: Fiction
    Reading Reason: BB 75 books Challenge (Thank you again, Judy (ffortsa)
    Medium: eBook
    First published: 2021

    The story of a family embedded in the history of South Africa.
    When the mother dies, she snatches a promise from her husband, which the 13-year-old daughter Amor hears and repeatedly demands that it be honoured. This usually happens at funerals.
    The family falls apart more and more and can't really cope with the new situation in the country.
    Wonderfully written and well worth reading.

    119SirThomas
    Nov 25, 2023, 4:20 am


    172. Lost in Fuseta by Gil Ribeiro

    German title translated: Lost in Fuseta
    Genre: Crime Fiction
    Reading Reason: BB from a friend
    Medium: eBook
    First published: 2018

    Leander Lost comes from Hamburg to Portugal as part of an international police exchange programme.
    He first has to find his feet in his new surroundings, which is all the more difficult for him as he suffers from Asperger's syndrome.
    It takes a while for his new colleagues to get along with him.
    Light and worth reading, exciting and sometimes funny.
    The opening quote comes from Fernando Pessoa:
    To read is to dream by another's hand.

    120SirThomas
    Nov 25, 2023, 4:31 am


    173. July's Leute / July's People by Nadine Gordimer

    German title translated: July's People (Wow another german title that fits!)
    Genre: Fiction
    Reading Reason: Nobel Prize
    Medium: Paper Book
    First published: 1981

    Another book on my Nobel Prize list, now only 70 are missing...
    A story from an alternative South Africa where the transition of power has not been peaceful.
    A white family flees into the bush to save their lives. Their black house servant takes them back to his home village to his people.
    Now the roles are reversed, the whites are dependent on him. In the village they are eyed with suspicion, only the children have no fear of contact. The parents find it very difficult to come to terms with the new situation.
    Nadine Gordimer paints a marvellous picture with words, whereby marvellous does not mean beautiful, the ending is open, whereby in Maureen's situation even a bad development can be a redemption...

    121FAMeulstee
    Nov 25, 2023, 5:13 am

    >120 SirThomas: Doing well with the Nobel Prize list, Thomas!
    You are 10 ahead, I am currently at 40 of 120 Nobel prize winners, and hope to get to three more soon. My first goal is now to complete the 21st century winners, as those are the easiest to find.

    122SirThomas
    Nov 25, 2023, 5:44 am

    Thank you very much, Anita.
    I think you'll overtake me soon...
    It's easy for me up to 1999, I have them all in my bookcase.
    There was a book edition of the Nobel Prize winners from the Coron publishing house. In each case with a short history of the award ceremony, the award speech, the laureate's speech, a compilation of life and work, a book by the author and the bibliography.

    123SirThomas
    Nov 25, 2023, 5:53 am

    It is the weekend and the calendar saying is:

    Take it easy today, remember that:
    Only he who appreciates the undone does no harm!
    (Committee for getting things done)

    Well, I'm in the process of writing the addresses for the Christmas cards we're sending out this year.
    But I'll probably have to interrupt that to read.

    124SirThomas
    Nov 27, 2023, 3:14 am


    174. Der Buchladen am Ende der Welt / The Bookseller at the End of the World by Ruth Shaw

    German title translated: The bookshop at the end of the world (the title almost fits!)
    Genre: Autobiography
    Reading Reason: Rummage at the library
    Medium: eBook
    First published: 2022

    A small bookshop in New Zealand, an elderly bookseller tells stories about the shop and her life.
    Neither the shop nor the owner conform to the usual norms.
    An adventurous life with many ups and downs and wonderful customers.
    Very much worth reading.
    I love books about bookshops, as my career goal was once to be a bookseller, but life decided otherwise.

    125SirThomas
    Nov 27, 2023, 3:20 am


    175. Das große Peanuts Buch by Charles M. Schulz

    German title translated: The big Peanuts book
    Genre: Comic
    Reading Reason: Birthday book - I started it on the author's birthday
    Medium: Paper Book
    First published: 1971

    Yesterday was the author's birthday.
    The book is a compilation that has probably only been published in Germany, it has been in our family for a very long time and I enjoyed reading it again.

    126EllaTim
    Nov 27, 2023, 6:08 am

    >125 SirThomas: Hi Thomas. Congratulations you just finished book nr 175! Wow. And after reading a series of good ones.
    You are making me think of rereading one of my own Peanuts books, they always make me laugh.

    I liked the idea of the Nobel series. It’s nice to have that background when you are reading.

    127SirThomas
    Nov 27, 2023, 10:17 am

    Thank you, Ella - Reading Peanuts is allways a good idea!

    In the books of the Nobel-series are a lot of useful informations, but they were very expensive, so I stopped after the book for 1998-1999. After 2007 the editor stopped the series...

    128SirThomas
    Nov 30, 2023, 1:26 am

    Now I am signed in for the Holiday Card Exchange.
    Last year I got some great cards, I'm excited to see what's coming this year...

    129SirThomas
    Editado: Nov 30, 2023, 2:05 am


    176. Die Katze, die rückwärts lesen konnte / The Cat Who Could Read Backwardsby Lilian Jackson Braun

    German title translated: The Cat Who Could Read Backwards
    Genre: Crime fiction
    Reading Reason: BB 75 books Challenge (Thank you again, Judy (ffortsa))
    Medium: eBook
    First published: 1966

    A cosy little crime story.
    A former star journalist takes up a new job as cultural editor in the provinces.
    But his journalistic instincts are soon put to the test when a body is found.
    He is assisted by his landlord's cat.
    A pleasant and quick read for in-between.

    130SirThomas
    Nov 30, 2023, 4:18 am

    And todays wordles...
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    ⬜🟩⬜⬜⬜ Autor
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    wordle.at

    Interesting colours - the first attempt led to the same result for both, but thank God I didn't rely on it.

    131SirThomas
    Nov 30, 2023, 10:21 am

    And the stats of November:

    Books read: 15
    Pages read: 4,740 (longest 672 / shortest 120 / average 316)

    Personal rating:
    average rating
    highest rating
    lowest rating

    Author nationalities:

    Austria: 1 / 1 / 1
    Germany: 3 / 3 / 3
    India: 1 / 1 / 1
    Ireland: 1 / 1 / 1
    New Zealand: 1 / 1 / 1
    Northern Ireland: 1 / 1 / 1
    South Africa: 2 / 2 / 2
    USA: 5 / 5 / 5

    Sum: 15 / 15 / 15

    Counting mode: All authors of the books / Main Author(s) or Editor(s) per book / Only different authors

    Gender:
    female authors: 4 / 4 / 4
    male authors: 11 / 11 / 11
    n/a: - / - / -

    alive authors: 9 / 9 / 9
    dead authors: 6 / 6 / 6

    date first published:
    1960-1969: 1
    1970-1979: 1
    1980-1989: 1
    2000-2009: 4
    2010-2019: 3
    2020-2029: 5

    Media:
    Ebooks: 13
    Paperbooks: 2

    Genre:
    Autobiography: 1
    Comic: 1
    Crime fiction: 3
    Fiction: 6
    Horror: 1
    Non Fiction: 1
    Thriller: 2

    Reading Reason:
    Birthday book: 1
    Friend: 1
    Movie: 1
    Nobel Prize: 1
    Random / rummage: 2
    Review in newspaper / internet: 1
    This gorgeous group: 8

    132SirThomas
    Dez 1, 2023, 5:32 am

    And todays wordles...
    wördle.de #686 - 2/6
    🟨🟩⬜🟨⬜ Hilfe
    🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Fisch

    Wordle 895 4/6
    ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟩 Hilfe
    ⬜🟨⬜🟩⬜ Autor
    ⬜🟩🟩🟩🟩 Matte
    🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Watte
    wordle.at

    Again not too bad...

    133SirThomas
    Dez 2, 2023, 6:36 am

    Yesterday my wife and I were 41 Years together, wi celebrated this event with a tasty dinner:

    ___
    The chef mainly uses local ingredients and grows the vegetables himself.

  • Homemade sourdough bread / goose rilette / lentil butter with elderberry)
  • Greetings from the kitchen: various turnips
  • Beetroot (redcurrant - onion - hazelnut)
  • Breton sea bass 'petit bateau' (celery - Szechuan - kombava)
  • Angus beef (miso - radish - sesame)
  • Chicken (savoy cabbage - chickpea - curry)
  • Lemons from the Peloponnese (sunflower seed - tonka - mint)


  • 134FAMeulstee
    Dez 3, 2023, 5:51 am

    >131 SirThomas: Again a good month, Thomas.

    >133 SirThomas: Congratulations!
    And the food looks very yummy :-)

    135SirThomas
    Dez 3, 2023, 9:19 am

    Thank you, Anita.
    The food was very yummy!

    Today we are a lot outside, it is sunny and all is covered with snow.

    136EllaTim
    Dez 3, 2023, 12:20 pm

    Congratulations, Thomas!

    Snow can be awkward, but still, on a nice sunny day I like it!

    137SirThomas
    Dez 4, 2023, 2:52 am

    Thank you very much, Ella.
    I agree with you, but yesterday was beautiful.
    Last night we went to the first living Advent calendar this year. It's a lovely tradition in our neighbourhood. People get together for a short prayer with singing, then there's mulled wine, snacks, Christmas buns and conversation.
    Every evening at a different family.
    We have also hosted the event in recent years, together with our neighbours, but they are in poor health and we didn't want to host it without them.

    138SirThomas
    Dez 8, 2023, 2:35 am


    177. Der Rabbi und der Kommissar: Du sollst nicht begehren by Michael Braun

    German title translated: The rabbi and the commissioner: Thou shalt not covet
    Genre: Crime fiction
    Reading Reason: Author - I enjoyed the first book of the series
    Medium: eBook
    First published: 1922

    A woman disappears, but her husband refuses to report her missing.
    Rabbi Henry Silberbaum begins to investigate and once again uncovers something monstrous.
    A story from Frankfurt well worth reading.

    139SirThomas
    Editado: Dez 8, 2023, 3:06 am


    178. Fragen Sie Dr. Ozzy: Der ultimative Rock'n'Roller klärt auf / Trust Me, I'm Dr. Ozzy: Advice from Rock's Ultimate Survivor by Ozzy Osbourne

    German title translated: Ask Dr Ozzy: The ultimate rock'n'roller explains
    Genre: Non fiction
    Reading Reason: Birthday book (I started it at the author's birthday)
    Medium: eBook
    First published: 2011

    A guide for all situations in life.
    Sometimes completely crazy, but sometimes very profound and serious.

    140SirThomas
    Dez 8, 2023, 3:12 am


    179. Meine frühen Jahre / My Early Life: 1874-1904 by Winston S. Churchill

    German title translated: My Early Life
    Genre: Autobiography
    Reading Reason: Nobel Prize
    Medium: Paper Book
    First published: 1930

    Churchill describes his life with a fine irony towards himself.
    The book is very well written and easy to read, but I can't do much with his description of wars as a tourist event to see the world.

    141SirThomas
    Dez 8, 2023, 9:53 am

    And now my Cards for the Holiday Card Exchange are on the road.
    Fro Germany to USA and Canada, I hope they will arrive on time...

    142SirThomas
    Dez 10, 2023, 3:38 am

    And some wordles...

    wördle.de #694 - 5/6
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    ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟩 Autor
    ⬜🟩⬜🟩🟩 Geber
    ⬜🟩🟩🟩🟩 Seder
    🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Zeder

    Wordle 903 2/6
    🟩⬜🟩⬜🟩 Hilfe
    🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Halde
    wordle.at

    wördle.de #695 - 2/6
    ⬜🟩⬜⬜🟩 Hilfe
    🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Rinde

    Wordle 904 5/6
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    🟨⬜⬜⬜⬜ Autor
    🟨🟩⬜🟩⬜ Laden
    ⬜🟩🟩🟩🟩 Gabel
    🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Kabel
    wordle.at

    143EllaTim
    Dez 10, 2023, 5:05 pm

    >137 SirThomas: What a nice tradition! I’m sorry your neighbours are in bad health.

    144FAMeulstee
    Dez 11, 2023, 9:14 am

    >83 SirThomas: Since 1999 we have a Top 2000 on the radio, Thomas, starting at Christmas and ending just before the New Year.
    A few weeks before you can vote for your favorite songs.
    Bohemian Rhapsody has been #1 in most years, this year is no exception.

    Because this year is the 25th edition we get 500 songs extra, started today with #2500 going to #2001, only eight hours a day (the complete 2000 goes on day and night).

    145SirThomas
    Dez 12, 2023, 9:50 am

    >143 EllaTim: Yes, we love going there.
    With our neighbours, it's mainly signs of ageing, but they don't complain.
    On Sunday, all 10 residents sat together for lunch and we had a wonderful day.

    146SirThomas
    Dez 12, 2023, 9:56 am

    >144 FAMeulstee: That's a great thing, isn't it?
    We love it.
    When else do you hear Shine on You Crazy Diamond in full length?
    Or Ace of spades directly after Dancing Queen?
    I Hope you will enjoy it too...

    147SirThomas
    Editado: Dez 15, 2023, 9:26 am


    180. In alter Frische / Something New by P. G. Wodehouse

    German title translated: In old freshness
    Genre: Fiction
    Reading Reason: BB 75 books Challenge (Thank you again, EllaTim)
    Medium: eBook
    First published: 1915

    A wonderfully quirky comedy about a quirky aristocratic society.
    When a valuable scarab is stolen (or is it?), two neighbours are independently tasked with recovering it.
    Beautifully written and very funny, it hasn't aged a bit.

    148SirThomas
    Dez 15, 2023, 9:32 am


    181. Girl A / Girl A by Abigail Dean

    German title translated: Girl A (Yay that fits!)
    Genre: Thriller
    Reading Reason: BB 75 books Challenge (Thank you, Anita (figsfromthistle))
    Medium: eBook
    First published: 2021

    As a teenager, Lex freed herself from a house where she and her siblings were abused by their parents.
    She seems to have dealt with the trauma well and has her life under control.
    Now her mother has died in prison and she has to divide up the inheritance and the "house of horrors".
    Each chapter is about a different sibling, the sudden flashbacks are sometimes irritating, but otherwise a frighteningly good book to read.

    149EllaTim
    Dez 15, 2023, 5:20 pm

    >147 SirThomas: Hi Thomas! This was fun wasn’t it? A good old-fashioned comedy, very enjoyable.

    >146 SirThomas: I’ll be listening to it as well.
    The complete Dutch list is here:
    https://www.nporadio2.nl/thema/top2000
    (When you enjoy comparing)

    Have a nice weekend!

    150PaulCranswick
    Dez 15, 2023, 10:07 pm

    >147 SirThomas: I read that one very recently too, Thomas and I agree with you.

    Have a great weekend my friend.

    151SirThomas
    Dez 16, 2023, 6:11 am

    >149 EllaTim: Thank you Ella, the same to you.

    I've compared the first 10 places, it's interesting:
    SWR1 (NPO Radio 2):
    1 Bohemian Rhapsody / Queen (1)
    2 Stairway to heaven / Led Zeppelin (6)
    3 Child in time / Deep Purple (17)
    4 The sound of silence / Disturbed (16)
    5 Der Hafer- und Bananenblues / Pferdle & Äffle (-/-)
    6 Komet / Udo Lindenberg & Apache 207 (-/-)
    7 Das Narrenschiff / Reinhard Mey (-/-)
    8 Nothing else matters (Album Version) / Metallica (9)
    9 Music / John Miles (191)
    10 Brothers in arms (Album Version) / Dire Straits (12)

    NPO Radio 2 (SWR1):
    1 Bohemian Rhapsody / Queen (1)
    2 Roller Coaster / Danny Vera (-/-)
    3 Hotel California / Eagles (21)
    4 Piano Man / Billy Joel (43)
    5 Fix you / Coldplay (103)
    6 Stairway to heaven / Led Zeppelin (2)
    7 Black / Pearl Jam (-/-)
    8 Boudewijn de Groot / Avond (-/-)
    9 Nothing else matters (Album Version) / Metallica (8)
    10 Love of my life / Queen (33)

    152SirThomas
    Dez 16, 2023, 6:13 am

    >150 PaulCranswick: Thank you Paul, the same to you.
    I have to mention that Ella got the reference to the book from you, sorry I forgot this to mention.

    153EllaTim
    Dez 16, 2023, 8:47 am

    >151 SirThomas: A lot of similarities! Reinhardt Mey is in our top-2000 as well.

    154SirThomas
    Dez 18, 2023, 7:29 am

    ...and he released a song in Dutch, I didn't even know that!

    155SirThomas
    Dez 21, 2023, 2:30 am

    Time for books:


    182. Saukatz by Kaspar Panizza

    German title translated: Bloody cat (freely translated)
    Genre: Crime fiction
    Reading Reason: Rummage at the library
    Medium: eBook
    First published: 2016

    An inspector is transferred to Munich and immediately rents the flat of the dead man whose murder he is supposed to solve with a trainee. He is also assisted by a cat.
    Easy to read, quirky characters, reasonably exciting, nothing serious.

    156SirThomas
    Dez 21, 2023, 2:39 am


    183. Der Wintermordclub by Jan Beinßen

    German title translated: The winter murder club
    Genre: Crime fiction
    Reading Reason: Rummage at the library
    Medium: eBook
    First published: 2022

    A group of retired Europol investigators meet up every year before Christmas at the scene of their greatest success, a small hotel in France.
    Each time, they enjoy a murder mystery dinner put on for them by the hotel owners.
    But this time the corpse is real - and one of them.
    They enthusiastically begin to investigate and uncover some dark secrets.
    Pleasant to read.

    157SirThomas
    Dez 21, 2023, 2:46 am


    184. Wenn Gott zum Kaffee kommt by Annette Jantzen

    German title translated: When God comes to coffee
    Genre: Fiction
    Reading Reason: Rummage at the library
    Medium: eBook
    First published: 2022

    A collection of columns about God and the world, told while God sits with the author at the kitchen table with an Altbier.
    Loosely and lightly written, but also addressing serious topics.

    158SirThomas
    Dez 21, 2023, 3:06 am


    185. Die Bücherjägerin by Elisabeth Beer

    German title translated: The book huntress
    Genre: Fiction
    Reading Reason: Rummage at the library
    Medium: eBook
    First published: 2023

    Sarah and her sister lose their parents as children and grow up with their aunt, who has recently died.
    Sarah has autistic tendencies and loses herself in book restoration.
    When a representative of the British Library asks her to help him find a lost map that her aunt has brought to his attention, she reluctantly agrees and sets off on a journey to lost books, herself and love.
    The title appealed to me more than the content, but the book is worth reading.

    159SirThomas
    Dez 21, 2023, 3:15 am

    ...and wordles:
    And some wordles...

    wördle.de #705 - 4/6
    ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟨 Hilfe
    🟨🟨⬜⬜🟩 Autor
    ⬜🟩🟩🟩🟩 Dauer
    🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Mauer

    Wordle 914 X/6
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    ⬜🟩🟩⬜🟩 Pinie
    ⬜🟩🟩⬜🟩 Winde
    ⬜🟩🟩⬜🟩 Tinte
    ⬜🟩🟩⬜🟩 Ringe
    ⬜🟩🟩⬜🟩 Binse
    wordle.at
    Failed - but an interesting colour combination...

    wördle.de #706 - 6/6
    ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟨 Hilfe
    🟨⬜⬜⬜⬜ Autor
    ⬜🟩⬜🟩🟩 Gaben
    ⬜🟩⬜🟩🟩 Samen
    ⬜🟩⬜🟩🟩 Damen
    🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Namen

    PHEW

    Wordle 915 6/6
    ⬜🟩🟨⬜🟨 Hilfe
    🟨🟩⬜🟩⬜ Limes
    ⬜🟩⬜🟩🟩 Rigel
    ⬜🟩⬜🟩🟩 Bibel
    ⬜🟩⬜🟩🟩 Titel
    🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Pixel

    wordle.at

    and again phew..

    160PlatinumWarlock
    Dez 22, 2023, 4:28 pm

    Just popping in to wish you a happy holiday season, Thomas! :)

    161Ameise1
    Dez 23, 2023, 9:47 am

    Congratulations on your great reading year. There are some exciting books among them.
    I'm glad you enjoyed your time in Brissago. It's always worth a trip.
    Merry Christmas to you and your wife.

    162ronincats
    Dez 24, 2023, 1:25 pm

    163PaulCranswick
    Dez 24, 2023, 8:51 pm



    Thinking about you during the festive season, Thomas

    164SirThomas
    Dez 25, 2023, 4:28 am

    >160 PlatinumWarlock: Thank you, Lavinia, the same to you!

    >161 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara, we enjoyed the stay a lot, I think, we will return some time. All the best to you!

    >162 ronincats: Thank you,Roni, the same to you!

    >163 PaulCranswick: Thank you my dear friend, all the best to you and your family!

    165SirThomas
    Dez 25, 2023, 4:36 am


    All the best wishes and a peaceful time to all of you!

    166SirThomas
    Dez 25, 2023, 5:04 am

    By the way, the christmas crib is handmade. My sister-in-law's brother is very talented and sawed it for us.

    Now I'm going to help my wife with the cooking, she's much better at it than I am, but I'm quite good at chopping and mortaring spices.
    Today we're having veal fillet with cardamom sauce and wild garlic noodles (we didn't make the noodles ourselves, but we know the manufacturer)

    167FAMeulstee
    Dez 25, 2023, 7:38 am

    >166 SirThomas: How lovely this chrismas crib was made for you, Thomas.

    Enjoy the preparing, and the results, your diner sounds lovely.
    Here Frank does all the work: baked potatoes, cooking-pears (on the stove since the morning, smelling delicious), Brussels sprouts and a whole chicken.

    168figsfromthistle
    Dez 25, 2023, 7:40 am

    >166 SirThomas: Wow! that is quite beautiful. It must have taken quite some time but makes it extra special.

    I am sure your wife will enjoy the help in the kitchen. Sounds like a delicious meal. Enjoy!

    169SirThomas
    Dez 25, 2023, 10:23 am

    >167 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita. We love it.
    Your dinner sounds delicious too, enjoy it. We had the veal for lunch, as we had salad with it, which my wife doesn't take so well in the evening.

    >168 figsfromthistle: Thank you, Anita. We love it.
    We complement each other very well, my wife loves cooking, I love eating - and so does my wife.
    She likes it when I help, as long as I don't get in the way...

    170SirThomas
    Dez 25, 2023, 10:30 am

    And here it is, it was yummy:


    Sear the meat, then place in the oven at 70°C for approx. 1 hour until the core temperature is approx. 56°C.

    The sauce consists of 400 ml veal stock, 400 ml chicken stock, 500 ml red wine, 1/2 tablespoon of ground cardamom, fleur de sel and cornflour to thicken, plus jam, maple syrup, soy sauce,...
    Boil down until the sauce thickens.

    The wild garlic noodles were bought...

    The black grains on the meat are peppercorns fermented with sea salt.

    171EllaTim
    Dez 25, 2023, 11:47 am

    >170 SirThomas: Your dinner looks great Thomas!

    And that Christmas crib is quite special.

    Wishing you a merry Christmas.

    172SirThomas
    Dez 26, 2023, 10:34 am

    Thank you, Ella, I wish you a merry Christmas too!

    173SirThomas
    Dez 28, 2023, 4:37 am

    And there were books:

    186. Mord in der Buchhandlung: 14 Todesfälle zwischen den Zeilen by Thomas Kastura

    German title translated: Murder in the bookshop: 14 deaths between the lines
    Genre: Crime Fiction
    Reading Reason: Rummage at the library
    Medium: eBook
    First published: 2021

    14 more or less good short stories about murders in bookshops.
    The title is better than many of the stories...

    174SirThomas
    Dez 28, 2023, 4:44 am


    187. Die Regeln des Spiels / Crook Manifesto by Colson Whitehead

    German title translated: The rules of the game
    Genre: Crime Fiction
    Reading Reason: Rummage at the library
    Medium: eBook
    First published: 2023

    The book is advertised with the words: Casual, wicked, humorous - and it is.
    A wild journey into the 70s in New York.
    Ray Carney didn't really want to do any more crooked business, but his daughter wants to go to a sold-out concert by the Jackson Five, so he activates old contacts, which has consequences.
    The book is divided into three slightly interconnected individual stories, each of which can stand alone and are all great.
    A pleasure to read, sometimes I was reminded of Shaft.

    175Ameise1
    Dez 28, 2023, 5:27 am

    >174 SirThomas: BB I've already read The Underground Railroad and Sag Harbor by this author.

    176SirThomas
    Dez 28, 2023, 5:50 am

    I am happy when I can return the favour, Barbara!
    And I think it was not the last book of this author I read...

    177Berly
    Dez 28, 2023, 8:13 pm

    >174 SirThomas: Oooh! That one sounds good and I love Colson Whitehead!! Hope the holidays are treating you well and I am looking forward to a less hectic 2024!

    178SirThomas
    Dez 29, 2023, 3:34 am

    >177 Berly: This will certainly not be the last book I read by him.
    We're doing well at the moment, I have the time off between Christmas and New Year and can take care of work at home that was left undone because things were hectic at work at the end of the year.
    Unfortunately, our guests for New Year's Eve have just cancelled, they've fallen ill, thankfully not seriously, but the big C has struck again.
    All the best for you and 2024, Kim!

    179paulstalder
    Dez 30, 2023, 6:33 am

    wish you a peaceful time and then a good start next year

    180SirThomas
    Dez 31, 2023, 4:28 am

    Thank you, Paul, the same to you!
    I look forward to your book recommendations in 2024.

    181SirThomas
    Dez 31, 2023, 4:28 am

    And the last one for this year:

    188. Lockwood & Co. - Die Seufzende Wendeltreppe / Lockwood & Co. - The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

    German title translated: Lockwood & Co. - The groaning spiral staircase
    Genre: Horror
    Reading Reason: BB 75 books Challenge (Thank you, Jim (drneutron))
    Medium: eBook
    First published: 2013

    A wonderful book about a group of young ghost hunters trying to come to terms with each other and the world.
    Adventurous, a little spooky, exciting, very well written.

    182SirThomas
    Dez 31, 2023, 6:06 am

    I'm not going to finish any more books today, so the stats of December:

    Books read: 12
    Pages read: 3,946 (longest 432 / shortest 120 / average 329)

    Personal rating:
    average rating
    highest rating
    lowest rating

    Author nationalities:

    England: 5 / 5 / 5
    Germany: 5 / 5 / 5
    Switzerland: 1 / 1 / 1
    USA: 1 / 1 / 1

    Sum: 12 / 12 / 12

    Counting mode: All authors of the books / Main Author(s) or Editor(s) per book / Only different authors

    Gender:
    female authors: 3 / 3 / 3
    male authors: 9 / 9 / 9
    n/a: - / - / -

    alive authors: 11 / 11 / 11
    dead authors: 1 / 1 / 1

    date first published:
    1910-1919: 1
    1930-1939: 1
    2010-2019: 4
    2020-2029: 7

    Media:
    Ebooks: 11
    Paperbooks: 1

    Genre:
    Autobiography: 1
    Crime fiction: 4
    Fiction: 4
    Horror: 1
    Non Fiction: 1
    Thriller: 1

    Reading Reason:
    Author: 1
    Birthday book: 1
    Nobel Prize: 1
    Random / rummage: 6
    This gorgeous group: 3

    183SirThomas
    Dez 31, 2023, 6:07 am

    The whole Year 2024 in numbers:

    Books read: 188
    Pages read: 69,447 (longest 1,360 / shortest 25 / average 369)

    Personal rating:
    average rating
    highest rating
    lowest rating

    Author nationalities:

    Austria: 5 / 5 /5
    Bulgaria: 1 / 1 / 1
    Canada: 11 / 11 / 11
    England: 48 / 48 / 30
    Finland: 2 / 2 / 1
    France: 3 / 3 / 3
    Germany: 63 / 63 / 58
    India: 1 / 1 / 1
    Ireland: 15 / 15 / 8
    Israel: 1 / 1 / 1
    Japan: 3 / 3 / 3
    Netherlands: 1 / 1 / 1
    New Zealand: 1 / 1 / 1
    Northern Ireland: 1 / 1 / 1
    Poland: 1 / 1 / 1
    Russia: 1 / 1 / 1
    Scotland: 1 / 1 / 1
    South Africa: 2 / 2 / 2
    South Korea: 1 / 1 / 1
    Sweden: 1 / 1 / 1
    Switzerland: 7 / 7 / 6
    Tanzania: 1 / 1 / 1
    USA: 45 / 45 / 44

    Sum: 216 / 216 / 177

    Counting mode: All authors of the books / Main Author(s) or Editor(s) per book / Only different authors

    Gender:
    female authors: 90 / 90 / 69
    male authors: 124 / 124 / 106
    n/a: 2 / 2 / 2

    alive authors: 174 / 174 / 152
    dead authors: 42 / 42 / 25

    date first published:
    1900-1909: 1
    1910-1919: 1
    1930-1939: 1
    1950-1959: 2
    1960-1969: 4
    1970-1979: 5
    1980-1989: 7
    1990-1999: 14
    2000-2009: 20
    2010-2019: 53
    2020-2029: 80

    Media:
    Ebooks: 152
    Paperbooks: 36

    Genre:
    Autobiography: 5
    Comic: 4
    Cookbook: 1
    Crime fiction: 40
    Dystopia: 1
    Essay: 1
    Fantasy: 24
    Fiction: 35
    Historical Fiction: 5
    Horror: 9
    Non Fiction: 17
    Poetry: 3
    Science Fiction: 17
    Short Stories: 2
    Steampunk: 1
    Thriller: 22
    Western: 1

    Reading Reason:
    Author: 22
    Conviction of the author: 1
    Birthday book: 8
    Early Reviewers: 2
    Mentioned in another book: 2
    Wife / neighbour / Friend: 12
    Newspaper / Movie / Instagram / Hotel: 22
    Nobel Prize: 6
    My hometown reads a book: 1
    Random / rummage: 52
    Stock: 13
    This gorgeous group: 45
    Quote in Calendar: 1
    Quote at memorial service: 1

    184SirThomas
    Dez 31, 2023, 6:14 am

    The last wordles of the year treated me well:

    wördle.de #716 - 3/6
    🟨⬜⬜⬜⬜ Hilfe
    🟨⬜⬜🟩⬜ Autor
    🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Chaos

    Wordle 925 3/6
    🟨⬜⬜⬜⬜ Hilfe
    ⬜🟨⬜⬜🟨 Autor
    🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Bruch
    wordle.at

    185FAMeulstee
    Dez 31, 2023, 6:22 pm

    >183 SirThomas: You had a good reading year, Thomas, again a few books more than last year.

    Happy New Year!

    186EllaTim
    Dez 31, 2023, 7:02 pm

    >181 SirThomas: Ending the year on a positive note, well done Thomas!

    And wishing you a happy, positive, bookfilled new year.

    187Ameise1
    Jan 1, 4:52 am



    I sincerely wish you health, happiness, contentment and many exciting books.

    188SirThomas
    Jan 1, 8:47 am

    >185 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita, the same to you!

    >186 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella, the same to you!
    And again this good book was a suggestion of this great group!

    >187 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara, the same to you!
    And all the best for your plans.